Vanessa Taylor and Drew Pearce will adapt Elizabeth Bear’s short story “Dolly” (Asimov’s). Following a competitive bidding war, the project has landed at Apple Studios. Academy Award-nominee Florence Pugh is attached to star. Pugh is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Curtis Brown and Associates and attorney Ziffren Brittenham. Taylor is repped by ICM Partners, Robert Offer at Sloane Offer Weber Dern. Pearce and his Point of No Return Films is repped by WME and Jim Gilio and Warren Dern at Sloane Offer Weber Dern. Bear is represented by Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary Agency and WME.
Spyglass Media has acquired dramatic rights to “Covenant”, a short story by Elizabeth Bear, via Sylvie Rabineau at WME in association with Jennifer Jackson.
Set to be adapted by screenwriters Josh Campbell and Matt Suecken, who wrote the screenplay for 10 Cloverfield Lane, the project will be produced by Arts District Entertainment and Spyglass VP Productions. Bear’s story first appeared in Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer’s 2014 anthology Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future.
Movie/TV rights to Nnedi Okorafor’s World Fantasy Award winning novel Who Fears Death (DAW Books, 2010) to HBO, executive producer George R.R. Martin, via Sylvie Rabineau at WME on behalf of Donald Maass.
Director Sharon Lewis will start shooting a film of Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson this fall. Produced by urbansoul inc, it tells the story of a dystopian Toronto where Ti-Jeanne is chafing under Mami hergrandmother’s overprotective rules. Mami refuses to loosen her hold on Ti-Jeanne until she “sees” her protector spirit, Jab Jab. Ti-Jeanne rejects the spirits and when Tony comes on the scene she falls fast and hard. Ti-Jeanne runs off with Tony to forge a life in the harsh reality of the Burn. A heart wrenching event forces Ti-Jeanne to “see” her spirit and return home…a grown woman.
Film rights to Joelle Charbonneau’s N.E.E.D., the story of small-town teenagers drawn deep into a social-networking site that promises to grant their every need, regardless of the consequences., to Merced Media and Benderspink, by Sean Daily of Hotchkiss and Associates for Stacia Decker.
Film rights to Matthew McBride’s FRANK SINATRA IN A BLENDER, the story of a PI and enthusiastic alcoholic (who’s trying to cut out coffee) working a robbery case that went sideways while also caring for his pet Yorkie, Frank Sinatra, to screenwriter Mike McCrary, by Stacia Decker.
Universal has optioned The Wolf’s Hour, a novel by Robert McCammon, Chris Morgan and Emile Gladstone to produce and the script written by Bradley and Kevin Marcus. Read more about the deal here.
Michael Gallatin is a British spy with a peculiar talent: the ability to transform himself into a wolf. Although his work in North Africa helped the Allies win the continent in the early days of World War II, he quit the service when a German spy shot his lover in her bed.
Paramount Pictures has acquired The Testing, a novel by Joelle Charbonneau. Deal got made last night, with no producer attached, and it was Peter Kang’s first acquisition since moving to the studio from Fox. The book will be published this week and already has been named a #1 Indie Next 2013 Summer YA Pick and one of the Top 10 Young Adult Books for Summer by USA Today. Foreign publishing rights have already been sold in the UK, France, Israel, Korea, The Netherlands, Turkey, and Germany.